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Call for Applications for the 2016 International Summer School in Southeast Asian Studies in Berlin

"The Return of the Past: Memory Making and Heritage in Southeast Asia and Europe"

at HU in Berlin, Germany


Post-colonial states in the Southeast Asian region have been described as being strongly oriented towards the future, prioritizing modernization and development. In recent years however, the past seems to have taken on a renewed relevance. This intensive two-week course brings experts from Berlin, Penang and Yogyakarta together to discuss memory and its transmission as a social, cultural and political phenomenon. With reference to both the European and Southeast Asian experience, hegemonic state-centred narratives about the past are compared with bottom-up popular memories to understand how multiple identities are formed, contested and modified.
The summer school is jointly organized by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia) and Universiti Sains Malaysia. The upcoming 2016 Summer School will be held at HU in Berlin, Germany. In the first week of the summer school, lecturers of various disciplinary backgrounds (history, political science, anthropology) will introduce students to some of the main theories on memory and heritage and will give them insights into important research that has been done on these issues in Southeast Asia. The second week is dedicated to students' mini-fieldwork projects which are conducted in small groups and require students to visit various memory sites and to speak with people connected to these sites.


There are only a limited number of spots available and we are now calling for applications for the summer school. All applications must be submitted by the 30th of June, 2016.

Applications should include a CV and a short letter of motivation that also indicates the student’s main fields of interest, and be sent (as one single PDF-document) to the following email address:
Further details can be found here and in the following Call for Applications.
Call for Applications
Abb.: Aleah Connley
Further inquiries should be directed to Aleah Connley, the HU Berlin program coordinator.


Photos from the 2014 Summer School in Yogya
Group work
Students doing group work
One of the Indonesian teachers giving his lecture
One of the Indonesian teachers giving his lecture
Summer school participants and lecturers on the final day of the program
Summer school participants and lecturers on the final day of the program
© Photos taken by the HU Berlin coordinating team, Dr. Olivia Killias and Aleah Connley. 


International Summer School Blog offers insights into the work of the students

Since 2015 the Summer School has its own blog with ongoing information on lectures, participants, and their final presentations. See here: